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The Navajo Nation has announced that it has identified some potential buyers for the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona.

Even as the Navajo Nation struggles with economic issues around the decline of coal-mining and coal-fired power plants, its Tribal Utility Authority has launched a 200-acre, $60 million solar farm north of Kayenta, Arizona. The Farmington Daily-Times reports the 27-megawatt Kayenta Solar Project is the reservation’s first large-scale solar facility. It began operating in June. The energy generated is sent into a nearby transmission line owned by the Western Area Power Administration. The Daily-Times says the Salt River Project is currently the project’s only customer.

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Two committees of the New Mexico state legislature are meeting in Farmington this week to learn more about the impacts of closing the San Juan Generating Station near Waterflow. The Daily-Times reports the committees were to meet Wednesday and Thursday at San Juan College at the request of legislators from San Juan County. Plans are for the power plant to shut down its coal-fired operations in 2022 and possibly replace them with other types of energy, such as solar and wind.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have signed a lease extension for the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. In a statement, Begaye hailed the agreement, saying it gives the nation the capability of producing and selling renewable energy. The lease extension accords the tribe the use of a significant portion of the power plant’s transmission capabilities.

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The Navajo Nation Council has approved a lease agreement with the owners of the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona that would keep the coal-fired power plant operating through December 2019. Monday’s 18-4 vote came after eight hours of debate. The lease is reportedly for a term of 35 years and includes operating the power plant through 2019, retiring the site, and conducting long-term environmental monitoring.